Like I said earlier Paul was a master at being able to bring people's beliefs into line with the word of God to bring them together and say here is what you believe and here is what the word of God says. Now many of the examples I am going to use are based on stuff I have studied, read and heard about. Never is it anything I can quantify say it is exactly what it truly is. I am telling you the lie I was told, except when it comes to the word of God. The word of God is the word of God it is not a lie. Amen.
First of all, does anyone know what atmospheric pressure is? It is the pressure that is measured within the atmosphere. Why I want to go there is I want to show how fragile this ecosystem is that we are in. We are in a fragile place and how miraculous it is that we exist even through science. Science will tell us how miraculous this actually is. One square inch of atmosphere at sea level (how they measure it is with a barometer that measures the atmosphere and the weight of it), one square inch is measured from sea level to the top of the atmosphere and it is 14.7 lbs per square inch. This is how much the weight of atmosphere is, this is what scientists have said. The situation is this, here is a balloon and inside the balloon is air and outside the balloon is air. There is zero pressure except that which is inside. What happens is it equalizes itself therefore the balloon will not pop, because the pressure outside is equal to the pressure inside therefore the balloon stays in it's shape until the balloon leaks and we understand all that. We don't explode because we have equal pressure inside as there is outside, 14.7 lb inside and 14.7 lb outside. We are not people who implode or explode on earth (except in these examples of special circumstances) this is a scientific thing. Does anyone know what would happen if we went into space without a space suit. The human body is actually more resilient than scientists ever thought. It is only been recently that they figured this out.
There was a cosmonaut that went into a decompression chamber where the vacuum sucked out all the air. He was in zero gravity when he was in there he just passed out he didn't explode. They were surprised because his suit malfunctioned and he just passed out. What happens to the body is because we know that liquid will actually boil and turn into a gas when it is at zero gravity. If there is no gravity liquids do not exist, it dissipates. His body started to dissipate. You will blow up because of that but our bodies are a lot more resilient than that so then our bodies will not explode it just expands like a balloon.
What happens if you go into the deepest part of the ocean without a bell chamber. We implode, we actually do, because of the pressure. One of the things that happens after 100 feet of water, is there is a pressure that is put on our bodies that pushes the nitrogen with our bodies out into our systems which is called narking, it is a narcosis. What happens is you get high, and divers that go down to that depth will get very giggly. I know this because I am a certified scuba diver and John and I have gone scuba diving many times.
We should understand that this body in this atmosphere we are so blessed to be able to survive. There are many, many planets out there, now I am not going to say and be bold and say that we are the only place with living matter. Because I really haven't traveled that far to figure that out although it is not mentioned in the word, but a lot of things are not mentioned in the word. So I am not going to be bold and say that, I do not know. It does not matter. I just know what the word says about us here today. He cares about you and I here, not necessarily somewhere billions of light years away.
The other thing is about this ecosystem. Does anyone know what the speed of the earth rotates at? It rotates at 1,070 miles an hour. If you took something and rotated it at 1,070 miles an hour, the centripetal force would cause it to fly, and that is at the equator. The gravitational pull of the earth because of the mass that is there, pulls us together onto the earth that being said each latitude changes because of the cosine of each degree, all the way up to the North Pole. The North Pole in fact is zero. There is no spinning at all, so it doesn't spin at all, if you are at the very point. As you move along there is different degrees until you get to the equator which is 1,070 miles per hour, which causes a centripetal force. That being said, guess what, we weigh heavier on the North Pole than we do on the equator. Not by a lot, yeah if you go to the equator you will weight less. Just some scientific facts.
Now go the bible . . . In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. This was written by Moses and through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit about 1500 B.C. In 1820 a man named Herbert Spencer gave the world five scientific principals by which man may study the unknown. They were: Time, Force, Energy, Space and Matter. How did Moses know that in that one statement. In the beginning (is time), God (is the Force), created (is the Energy), the Heavens (Space) and the Earth (which is Matter). All of Spencer's scientific principals of understanding and learning about science is all encompassed in the very first verse of the very first chapter of the book of Genesis in the Bible. Interesting.
For a lot of years man has tried to estimate the stars in Heaven and he has increased his estimate many times. Finally in the 1900 man determined the stars to be uncounted. They cannot count them. What did the Bible say thousands of year before Genesis 15:5. And he Brought him forth outside and said Look now toward the heavens and count the stars - if you are able to number them.Then He said to him, So shall your descendants be. God told Abram thousands of years before he could not number them. Man has tried many, many times but with every increase in technology and the ability to see further, and being able to go into space further and further to be able to count. Man says it cannot be done. God said you cannot count the stars to Abram and now science has proven that they cannot count the stars, it is impossible, they do not have the technology, there is just too many stars.
In Leviticus 17:11, it said, For the life of the Flesh is in the blood. I have given it for you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement, by reason of the life. It has only been recently through DNA that they have determined that the life is in the blood. Because the blood supplies every joint and member. So without that we won't have anything to live. If the blood circulation stopped in your finger, or your arm, or in your ear, or any part of your body, guess what happens to that part of your body, it dies because the life is in the blood. It hasn't been until very recent through DNA and all that, that they discovered that life is in the blood.
They are declaring it that life is in the blood. Yet here in Leviticus under the law of Moses, Moses declares through the inspiration of God that life is in the blood. If they had just listened to Moses and read the Bible they would have figured that out, but they had to do some tests and figure it out for themselves and finally figure out we better declare what the Bible says that it is correct.
The book of Job, the inspired writer in one verse reveals two scientific principals not known to man until much later. In Job 26:7, He it is Who spreads out the northern skies over emptiness and hangs the earth upon or over nothing. This is given as an inspiration and understanding to Job. You don't have to be a scientist, you can go to a place in the North, look up at the sky and you will see no stars. It is a phenomena you cannot explain. Right in Job this says this is true. Now the earth is hanging onto nothing. How did Job know this. This is at a time when they hadn't discovered the world was round, they thought it was flat. Science has proven what the bible just said there in Job 26:7.
In Psalm 8:8 The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatever passes along the paths of the seas. The phrase "passes along the paths of the seas" caused one man named Matthew Fontaine Maury to begin a search which lead to the discovery of ocean currents. The natural paths of the sea got created by God. Maury concluded that if God's book said it that it must be so. Interesting. Prior to Maury finding the paths, they didn't know. Maury said if there is paths in the sea, I am going to find them. He found ocean currents and discovered there are actual paths in the sea where the fish come and go. God's word said and revealed this many, many years earlier.
The Apostle Paul declared ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God. And it is profitable for doctrine, for recruit, for correction, for instruction, in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
The word of God is inspire.
I had a fellow come to me when we were at the soup kitchen. He said to me Man wrote the bible. I said to him you are right. He said you are the first pastor that has said that to me. I said why would I lie to you, you are right, man wrote the bible. He said everyone I ever talked to in the Christian circles said God wrote the bible. I said but that is not true, in fact the truth is man wrote it but God inspired it. He said what does that mean?
Here, I gave him a pen and a piece of paper and I dictated something to him, I said would you write this down and he wrote it down. I said who wrote that? He said I did. I said who inspired you. He said you did. He responded I get it now!
Because that is what God does for us, he will give us examples so that we can come to them. Because the man in the soup kitchen for years had this issue of how Christians were saying God wrote the bible, God wrote the bible, all he had to do was to be redirected to the truth.
The truth is God inspired it, man wrote it and man had to write it, because God inspired it. Now this man understands that it was an inspiration from God that caused man to write the word. So if we can get that and understand that we can have inspiration from God.
When we come before people because often I will get atheists and I love talking to atheists, they are great. They say I don't believe there is a God. I say oh really, then can I shake your hand. The person says what do you mean. I say shake your hand, you're an amazing guy. The person says Why? Because as an intelligent person you would make an intelligent statement. And that would be an intelligent statement if it would be so because a person to make that kind of statement had to have traveled all the way around the world, because you have been looking for God. For you to say there is no God you must have traveled everywhere in the world to determine there is no God. As a matter of fact you couldn't have just traveled around the world you would have to travel through space, I have never met a space traveler before you're amazing. Oh as a matter of fact not only space but time, you must have traveled back in time, forward in time and around time. You had to, in order to make that declaration that there is no God. To say that is ludicrous, otherwise do you not agree. They say No. Well it hasn't been proven to me that there is a God. There we go now we can work with something, you were looking for proof. So do you have proof that there is air. Have you seen air. The person says no. Have you seen the affects of air? The person says of course the wind shows everything. We can as a matter of fact see the effects of God, all you got to do is look at a leaf in the light and you will see the effects of God. Through the veins and through capillaries and how it feeds itself and brings nutrients into the body of the tree of a plant. We can do that by seeing that. As a matter of fact that is a correlation to us, we have veins and capillaries that bring things to us. So a lot atheists who I talk to go yeah so you can see the signs of God. I ask them have you ever heard of anyone having a miracle happen to them or healing or anything like that. Yeah they reply I've heard of those but I don't believe them. I ask why do you doubt them? Well, because I've never seen them for myself. Okay I say so just because you haven't seen them you are doubting what they say. They respond Yes. I respond That's fair.
See often we can just let them live in their blindness but eventually I know because the word of God says and I trust the word of God, that when you plant a seed, that seed will eventually grow into something. Because I believe I have planted a seed in that person and I pray about that seed because the word says one sows, one waters but God gives the increase. We are not to force people to come to Christ, we are to present the word, present the gospel and bring them to Christ not drag them to Christ. Different people require different understandings and different measurements of bringing them to Christ. Always when we come and present the gospel we need to present it so that they understand it always because if we find out a bit about them we say okay what is your life and how is it going? When we find out more about them we will then be able to say, here is how we present it. God will give you revelation and understanding of that.